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Professor Tom Shakespeare

BA Hons PhD FBA

Professor
of disability research

LSHTM
Keppel Street
London
WC1E 7HT
United Kingdom

Tel.
0207 612 7872

Trained in social and political sciences at Cambridge University, I subsequently studied for an MPhil and Phd.  I have taught and researched at the Universities of Sunderland, Leeds, Newcastle and East Anglia.  From 2008-2013, I was a technical officer at the World Health Organisation, Geneva, where I co-authored and co-edited the World Report on Disability (2011) and International Perspectives on Spinal Cord Injury (2014).  My books include: the Sexual Politics of Disability (1996); Disability Rights and Wrongs (2006; 2014); Disability - the Basics (2017).  I was a member of Arts Council, England (2003-2008) and Nuffield Council on Bioethics (2013-2019).  I am currently chair of Light for the World - UK, and vice-chair of Light for the World International.

Affiliations

Faculty of Infectious and Tropical Diseases
Department of Clinical Research

Teaching

I teach on disability and development, including disability rights, sexual and reproductive health of disabled people, disability and mental health etc.

Research

My qualitative social research has been with disabled people, in UK and Africa, exploring social and economic consequences of impairment and illness.   Specific projects have been about: disabled people's sexual and reproductive rights; disabled childhoods; resilience and success for disabled people in Africa; independent living and social care; rights-based rehabilitation; mental health recovery.  I also have an interest in bioethics as it pertains to disabled people, specifically prenatal testing and end of life and assisted dying.  With Professor Hannah Kuper, I am currently co-director of the PENDA programme of impact analyses of interventions to improve the lives of disabled people in LMICs; with colleagues in the Global Mental Health Programme, I am PI of SUCCEED, a project to co-produce and evaluate multi-disciplinary approaches to psychosis in four AFrican countries; I also contribute a disability lens to ACCESS, a collaboration led by IPPF to address SRHR in the development-humanitarian nexus, collaborating with Professor Cicely Marston and team; I supervise a team evaluating the LCD-led i2i disability employment programme in Kenya and Bangladesh.  All these research programmes are funded by DFID.

Research Area
Complex interventions
Health inequalities
Human genetics
Sexual health
Social and structural determinants of health
Equity
Ethics
Evaluation
Evidence use
Global Health
Impact evaluation
Mixed methods
Public understanding
Qualitative methods
Rehabilitation
Reproductive health
Discipline
Psychology
Sociology
Social Sciences
Social Policy
Disease and Health Conditions
Disability
Country
United Kingdom
India
Kenya
Sri Lanka
Mozambique
Nepal
Sierra Leone
Tanzania
South Africa
Zambia
Region
European Union
South Asia
Sub-Saharan Africa (developing only)

Selected Publications

Does sexual orientation vary between disabled and non-disabled men? findings from a population-based study of men in Australia
Bollier A-M; King T; Austin SB; Shakespeare T; Spittal M; Kavanagh A
2019
DISABILITY & SOCIETY
Conformity to masculine norms: Differences between men with and without a disability
King TL; Shields M; Milner A; Vaughan C; Shakespeare T; Currier D; Kavanagh A
2019
Psychology of Men & Masculinities
“Oh God! Why Did You Let Me Have This Disability?”: Religion, Spirituality and Disability in Three African countries
Mugeere AB; Omona J; State AE; Shakespeare T
2019
Journal of Disability & Religion
Performance management: a qualitative study of relational boundaries in personal assistance.
Porter T; Shakespeare T; Stöckl A
2019
Sociology of Health and Illness
Actions, not words: progress since ICPD on disability and SRHR.
Shakespeare T; Hameed S; Kiama L
2019
Sexual and reproductive health matters
Is a four-limb exoskeleton a step in the wrong direction?
Shakespeare T; Watson N
2019
The Lancet. Neurology
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